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Carol

Bodensteiner

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Welcome! Whether you're a first-time visitor or long-time friend, I'm glad you found your way here. I'm a writer who's inspired by the people, places, culture, and history of the Midwest.

My Books

One of the best things about writing is the opportunity to share experiences with readers. The stories in my memoir and my historical novel encourage readers to recall their own growing up years and the lives of their ancestors, whether they 'grew up country' or not. Because of the stories readers share with me, I've developed a deep appreciation for the value of preserving everyday stories - the fabric of our lives and culture.

Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl

GROWING UP COUNTRY delivers a treat as delicious as oatmeal cookies hot out of the oven—a memoir of a happy childhood growing up on a family farm in the middle of the country in the middle of the 20th Century.

Go Away Home – A novel

Set in World War One-era Iowa, GO AWAY HOME is a captivating coming-of-age novel that explores the enduring themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as death and grief.

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Simple Truth - A novel

SIMPLE TRUTH offers a thought-provoking look at the challenges a young woman faces when she puts her career on the line to combat injustice in a story of risk, retaliation, and reward.

SIMPLE TRUTH is in the editing stage. I'll post here and on my blog as it moves toward publication.

On the Blog

How did transportation open up your world?

By Carol / 21 May 2014 / 2 Comments

As a farm kid, getting my driver’s license was a huge step. Without it, the bus to and from school was my only option. With a license, I could participate in cheer leading, sports, choir, speech contests, and a multitude of other activities. A license was my ticket to the outside world. Since she lived…

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Is there serendipity in my geraniums?

By Carol / 19 May 2014 / 4 Comments

My gardens tend toward shade plants with one exception, a pot that sits on the one consistently sunny point of our deck. That pot is planted with geraniums. Always geraniums. They like sun. They’re easy. They’re pretty. When the geraniums are planted, I feel as though the summer can really begin. Over the years, I’ve…

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